The Universe

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AuthorTopic: The Universe
Electric Sheep One
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Yeah, it should be possible to 'mine' rotating black holes for energy. You could shine light into the ergosphere (not the horizon, but a larger region within which space itself is rotating) and get it to come out with higher frequency than it went in. This doesn't even involve quantum mechanics, and it is pretty non-controversial. The black hole would slowly spin down as a result, so you're not making energy from nothing, just mining a resource.

But we're talking about using the black hole as a furnace to consume ordinary matter. This is really a different idea. Probably lots of people have thought about it over a beer, but it could be no-one has taken the trouble to spin it for publication.

It is not enough to discover how things seem to seem. We must discover how things really seem.
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And how do you find the exact location of a black hole?

You can take my Windows XP when you pry my cold, dead fingers off the mouse!
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